For those of you who have not heard yet of my plans for the winter, I am taking UNABATED south once again.
UNABATED has been stored on the hard in Deltaville VA. for the last year and a half. Since then, I have traveled to Virginia to do various odd jobs including removing the engine to repair oil leaks and hoses too difficult to replace while engine is in place. I had the V drive rebuilt along with a new prop shaft. I also had the strut and prop straightened and re pitched. (See last blog entry) A month ago I scrubbed the bottom and reapplied bottom paint (green this time).
UNABATED will be launched on Monday the 10th. I have a slip for two weeks while I put her back together and check out all the systems.
The plan, as it stands right now, is to do the ICW though Virginia and N.C. to
Beaufort. From Beaufort to Fla I plan to do a series of short, possibly overnight hops to various ports along the East Coast. Interim destination is Stuart Fla. to resupply and make a pest of myself with Ron & Joyce while I wait for a window to cross to the Bahamas. Maybe a side trip to Marathon or Key West (weather dependent).
I am planning on getting a mooring or slip for a few weeks while I return home for the holidays (hint hint for those who host holiday parties).
I plan on exploring all the places I missed on my way though the Islands on my way though last time.
Anyone interested in exploring with me or coming down to get away for a few days, I'd love to have you join me.
I'll be starting up my blog again for those of you who wish to follow along at home.
More to follow
So much for the happy ending. After all these months and miles without any major disasters or blood spilling, it happened.
As they were lifting UNABATED out of the water, the strap on the travel lift was misplaced about an inch or two.
The short story, because the long story is too painful to retell...... is one blade on the prop has a different pitch than the other two and the strut has been been bent enough to counteract any prop walk that it used to have.
The engine will have to be removed to replace the strut. The shaft will have to be straighten as well has the prob.
Looks like a few more trips to Virginia.
On Monday I sailed up to Deltaville to check a yard to store UNABATED for awhile. Highly recommended was the Deltaville Yachting Center. It is a nice, clean, well managed yard. The owners seem very friendly and willing to help with whatever I need...... AND the price was right!
I have spent the week taking the sails off, cleaning, throwing out things I haven't looked at or used in 10 months. I spent time looking at things that have brought a smile to my face when I remember how or where I acquired it. I pickled and winterized the water maker. Changed the oil and all the filters on both engines. Packing up clothes and books. Hey I found 13 bottles of rum stashed all over the boat. Different brands from different islands. Side note: According to Customs in Norfolk I could have brought back more ... he draws the line at over 15 cases..... well, that's what he said.
While the boat is on the hard, I will be having the V drive rebuilt to see if the clunking will go away. I will also be taking care of that nasty oil leak that is getting worse. The engine will have to be removed for that.
Beckie will be here tomorrow to help pack things up. She's been my rock though out this past year and I hope I do not try her patience too much as I make an attempt to "put the anchor out" as they say. Walt and Dana have already warned us.........
It's been a hard week to say the least, both physically and mentally. I've written and re- written this paragraph 4 times...... trying to be not so melancholy.
Thank you all for watching my little adventure unfold. I have learned a lot about myself and the world around me. I have met some great people along the way and will always cherish the friendships and memories. The encouragement and support from everyone went a long way to making this one hell of cruise.......
Fair winds to all
I'll be back....... Soon!!